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mnichollsuk
2007-12-13, 14:02
Hey

I live in a shared house, there are 3 of us all hooked up to a gigabit wired network, we already have speakers in the bathroom and now need to work out the best way all 3 of us can play our music to it (at different times of course) Im hoping i can buy this device, hook it to the speakers and the switch and it will do what we want....

Can 3 people access the squeezebox remotley to set up a playlist (can we decide what to play sat at our laptops or do we need to manually walk up to the device and play with the remote control - or can playlists be set up frm a laptop in another room - each 1 of us has our own laptop)?

1 pc, 1 mac, and 1 linux user, can all 3 pc's connect to this device and stream music to it?

Please let me know, as if it does all of this, then i think it is the device for us. Thaks

aubuti
2007-12-13, 14:44
Any computer on your network can control the SqueezeBox (SB) via a web browser interface. However, the SB is a slim client, and only connects to one server at a time. So, strictly speaking, when your different computers are connecting to the SB, they're really connecting to the computer that is running the server software (aka slimserver, which will has been renamed SqueezeCenter as of version 7.0, which is in beta).

The practical implications are (a) you need to install slimserver on at least one of your laptops, (b) SB will only "see" one slimserver at a time, and (c) if you install slimserver on multiple laptops, then you do need to go up to the SB with the remote to change which computer it connects to as the server.

The main potential hangup I see is that if it's like shared houses I've lived in, the 3 of you are coming and going at all times, often with your laptops. That's a problem if the one whose laptop is streaming to the SB decides to leave with the laptop while someone else is listening in the shower. I think your best bet would be to set up a separate computer dedicated to serving music, that will always stay home. It doesn't have to be a great computer -- almost anything will do. My first slimserver computer was a surplus Dell I picked up from work for $40 (500MHz P3 and 256MB RAM). My current one is a network drive with even less horsepower.

mnichollsuk
2007-12-13, 16:41
Ahhh I forgot to mention one important thing lol We have a shared server with all our media on.

All music is on this server - i just want to make sure we can all control what music we want to play on our individual laptops, and we can each create a playlist on our laptops from the music on the server...

If this is the case, do i install the SB software on the server, then each PC connects to the IP of the server via a web browser (or dedicated address?) that the s/ware provides to connect and configure playlists etc?

Was a bit of a major thing to miss out on my first post lol :)

ob_kook
2007-12-13, 17:04
Ahhh I forgot to mention one important thing lol We have a shared server with all our media on.



If this is the case, then you are golden. Yes, it would be very easy for each of you to connect via your laptop browser, local application (such as Moose), or even handheld device. The playlists would most likely be saved on the media server in a common folder.

SuperQ
2007-12-13, 17:31
Download slimserver now! It's free, and you can test it out before you buy the squeezebox hardware.

http://www.slimdevices.com/su_downloads.html

mflint
2007-12-14, 03:16
Download slimserver now! It's free, and you can test it out before you buy the squeezebox hardware.

http://www.slimdevices.com/su_downloads.html

And give Softsqueeze a try too - this is a Squeezebox / Transporter software emulation.

In my experience (sorry, Mr Titmuss!) it's not been quite as sturdy in its operation as the real thing, but Softsqueeze will certainly give you a chance to give the user interface a test-drive.

Matthew

mnichollsuk
2007-12-15, 17:58
Hey guys

Thanks so much for your help

I have had a rather exciting idea :) PDA with a waterproof case...Ill be able to control music in the shower! WOOOHOOOO! Can't wait to set it up

Any one else contol music remotly in the tub?

aubuti
2007-12-15, 22:51
Any one else contol music remotly in the tub?
Somewhere in archives of this forum are photos of an SB installation in an outdoor gazebo-type thing with hot tub. The "waterproof remote" was a standard SB remote in a ziplock bag.

mnichollsuk
2007-12-21, 17:40
Hey guys

I have installed Squeezecentre 7.0 and it works very well on the server, but im slightly confused how the laptops will work with it.

I assumed that each laptop would enter the IP of ther sevrer software? 127.0.0.1:9000 and this diddnt bring anything up, neither did the address of the server 192.168.1.17

So i tried installing the Squeezecentre software on a laptop as well and it is asking for a fresh install and config.

If the sevrer has all the music on, and Squeezebox installed, how does each laptop in the house control the music?

Many Thanks

SuperQ
2007-12-21, 18:00
Hey guys

I have installed Squeezecentre 7.0 and it works very well on the server, but im slightly confused how the laptops will work with it.

I assumed that each laptop would enter the IP of ther sevrer software? 127.0.0.1:9000 and this diddnt bring anything up, neither did the address of the server 192.168.1.17

So i tried installing the Squeezecentre software on a laptop as well and it is asking for a fresh install and config.

If the sevrer has all the music on, and Squeezebox installed, how does each laptop in the house control the music?

Many Thanks

192.168.1.17 is probably the correct IP of the server, but if you have a firewall installed, you will need to unlock it for the server.

http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?BeginnersGuideToNetworks

darwinl
2007-12-21, 18:44
Actually if the Slim software is already on your server and that server is on the network with an IP of 192.168.1.17 then you access from other laptops in a browser using http://192.168.1.17:9000

On the server itself you can use localhost:9000 or 127.0.0.1:9000

It is not necessary to load the software on the laptops themselves. You can control the Squeezebox from the web interface accessed as listed above.

Does that work? Each laptop can bookmark 192.168.1.17:9000

Each of you can have different playlists setup. You will see there is way to select player (you only have the one). However, using one server any laptop could control any of multiple Squeezeboxes on the network. Each could be playing the same songs as you move room to room or each can have their own streams going independently. Works great.

mnichollsuk
2007-12-21, 18:57
PSA - I have allowed access to all the ports in the image and turned windows firewall off, and nothing, no other pc's or laptops in the house can access 192.168.1.17

snarlydwarf
2007-12-21, 19:16
Router filters are almost always for the connection between the internet and the local network. Ie, they won't block local port to local port.

You shouldnt have to set anythying on your router unless you're planning on accessing your server from offsite.

mnichollsuk
2007-12-21, 20:38
Actually if the Slim software is already on your server and that server is on the network with an IP of 192.168.1.17 then you access from other laptops in a browser using http://192.168.1.17:9000

On the server itself you can use localhost:9000 or 127.0.0.1:9000

It is not necessary to load the software on the laptops themselves. You can control the Squeezebox from the web interface accessed as listed above.

Does that work? Each laptop can bookmark 192.168.1.17:9000

Each of you can have different playlists setup. You will see there is way to select player (you only have the one). However, using one server any laptop could control any of multiple Squeezeboxes on the network. Each could be playing the same songs as you move room to room or each can have their own streams going independently. Works great.

http://192.168.1.17:9000 Worked a treat :) Many Thanks

mnichollsuk
2008-02-05, 14:52
Hey guys

Im very happy with the hardware, and the way the software works on the server and everyone can share from it. I am running SqueezeCentre 7.0 but find it a little clunky. I wouldn't mind the clunyness if the lastfm plugin worked fast

I am finding that when a user in the house and switches the lastfm username within SqueezeCentre sometimes it doesn't actually change or to make it change we need to reboot the server software

Is it just me, or it the lastfm plugin with more than 1 profile very clunky?

Please advise - Many Thanks

mnichollsuk
2008-02-05, 15:46
Is there any other software that works with lastfm that is a bit quicker? Thanks